(SNews) – An election expert has warned the public after discovering that 350,000 ballots from likely GOP voters have not been counted in Arizona.
Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake responded to the news by describing the revelation as a “bombshell.”
Gina Swoboda, an election-integrity expert who is monitoring the vote count, said Friday that the ballots of more than 350,000 “high propensity” Republican voters have not been tabulated in Maricopa County.
Democrat Katie Hobbs leads by more than 1 point, 50.7% to 49.3%, with only 83 percent of the vote counted by Saturday.
But Swoboda told “The Charlie Kirk Show” the county gave her a readout Friday morning through her team’s legal observers reporting “292,000 Election Day drop-offs have completed signature verification, but have not yet begun to go to adjudication, so that’s group one.”
Another 12,000 uncounted votes were among the 17,000 votes that were impacted by printer issues, according to WND.
Voters were given the option of placing their votes in what was called “ballot box 3.”
A further 30,000 to 40,000 were cast on Election Day under an emergency provision.
Lake’s campaign tweeted: “The layman’s explanation of the ‘bombshell’ is that there are SIGNIFICANTLY more Republican ballots that we expected that have still yet to be counted.”
BOMBSHELL: Election Expert Gina Swoboda gives an update on the election in Arizona pic.twitter.com/pJFVdUHKgo
— Kari Lake (@KariLake) November 11, 2022
Earlier, an adviser for Lake said she believed that among the roughly 500,000 votes remaining to be counted, there is “no mathematical path” for Hobbs to win.
In any case, the vote counting in Maricopa County will not resume until sometime next week, according to Maricopa County Supervisor Bill Gates.
On Election Day, dozens of polling stations ran out of paper ballots, impacting tens of thousands of votes.
And some 20% of the polling stations had problems with vote tabulators.
Gates and Vice Chairman Clint Hickman issued a statement saying Arizona elections officials will investigate and “all ballots will be counted securely and accurately.”
Meanwhile, as Slay News reported earlier, Gates has blasted critics by arguing that it’s “offensive” to expect votes to be counted on time.
“Quite frankly it’s offensive for Kari Lake to say that these people behind me are slow rolling this when they’re working 14 to 18 hours,” Gates said in remarks to a local station that were amplified by CNN Friday.
“So I really hope this is the end of that now.
“We can be patient and respect the results when they come out.”
Officials have warned that the results may not be available until sometime next week.